From: Patrick Armstrong
, Director of Communications
713.361.7920 (Direct Line)
, Communications Manager
713.361.7930 (Direct Line)
March 7, 2009
HOUSTON MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE IN WEST WITH 2-1 VICTORY OVER CHICAGO
HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston Aeros took sole possession of second place in the West Division with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves Saturday night at Toyota Center. Houston (31-23-1-8) has a record of 9-2-0-0 in their last 11 games and are 5-1-0-0 at home in that stretch. The Aeros host the Quad City Flames this Tuesday and Friday at 7:05 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. respectively. Tickets are still available by calling (866) GO-AEROS or by stopping by the Toyota Center Box Office.
The teams skated evenly for the majority of the first period until John Lammers lifted a backhand past Brent Krahn with 11.6 seconds remaining in the period. The power play goal was set up by Corey Locke and Matt Beaudoin. Houston finished the period 1-2 on the power play and killed the Wolves only chance.
Krys Kolanos made it a 2-0 game only 38 seconds into the second period when he got behind the defense on a breakaway, shot the puck that was blocked by Brent Krahn, but the rebound banked off Kolanos’ hip and into the back of the net. It marked his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
The Aeros penalty kill faced five shorthanded situations in the final 12 minutes of the second period and killed all five. The Wolves outshot the Aeros 13-3 in the period, but Houston held on to the 2-0 lead going into the third period.
Chicago got on the board at the 8:40 mark of the third when Justin Taylor banged home a centering pass from Clay Wilson. The even strength goal came just 20 seconds after an Aeros’ power play and cut the lead in half. Houston’s Clayton Stoner took a penalty with under two minutes remaining putting Chicago on a power-play for the remainder of the game. After a minute without tying the game, the Wolves netminder Krahn giving the club a 6-on-4 advantage in a late attempt to at least force overtime. Chicago was unable to tie the contest and, with only a few seconds remaining, Marco Rosa shot the puck toward the open net and trickled in for a 3-1 win.
- The win improved Houston’s season-series record to 5-1-0-0 against the Chicago Wolves, tying a season record for most wins against the club since joining the AHL.
- John Lammers' first period goal was his second goal in as many games marking his second goal streak of the season. He scored goals in three straight games from 11/7-11/9.
- Tonight’s game was Nolan Schaefer’s 43 game played this season, tying his career record for games played in a single season. Schaefer has a record of 22-15-5 with one no decision in the 2008-09 season.
- Since January 1st, the Aeros are 9-3-0-0 on home ice.
- The Aeros are 8-3-0-0 when John Lammers tallies a goal and 5-0-0-0 on home ice.
- Houston is 9-2-0-0 in their last 11 games outscoring their opponent 39-31 in that stretch. The Aeros killed off 49-of-54 short handed situations in the 11 game stretch, a 90.7% penalty kill percentage.
- Krys Kolanos’ second period goal earned a donation of $1,000 to Hockey Heals for Bo’s Place by an anonymous donor. The goal was his 120th professional goal, 22nd this season with the Aeros.
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